Here's what we should be talking about:
Veterans With Mental Problems Should Not Be Allowed to Buy GunsAnd you can extend that to people with mental problems should not be allowed to buy guns. I have no problem with that. The problem is, we have an active, fully-financed gun lobby that believes that all the crazy people in the world who hear voices and gnaw on the insides of their cheeks and run around slapping themselves with hams are buying guns because they can and they're using them to shoot people to make the voices stop and that's perfectly okay with the free guns for everyone lobby because Obama is going to take their guns away and this will stop that from happening.
We are well and truly fucked because we can't get past this idea that taking guns away from people who shouldn't have guns is anti-American. It's not. It's common goddamned sense.
Our Congress is bought and paid for by the anti-gun control lobby. This is not just an NRA issue. It's a case where the will of the people is being thwarted directly by money and this has left us with a public safety issue that could be addressed fairly quickly.
Have you been treated for mental illness? Have you been arrested for a gun-related incident? Guess what, Skippy? You don't get to buy anymore guns. And yet, we live in a society that gets outraged--outraged--when you point out the fact that when crazy people buy guns, they tend to do crazy things with them. Shocking, but accurate.
Here's how the dumbest man on the Internet deals with such things--outrage being plentiful when other people are being shot down at work:
When the debate is happening at this level and when sensible people can look at Jim Hoft and agree with his ridiculous posts, that should tell you where this issue is going to land. Someone is going to stand up and give a mournful speech and promise deeds, not more words, and then nothing is going to change. Nothing.
We now have clear evidence that a crazy guy bought guns legally and used them to shoot up his workplace. Full stop. And yet, we will not have that sensible conversation about guns because, of course, Freedom!
This is a public safety issue. If you think it is just about guns, or about liberals taking away guns, think again. It is about ensuring that crazy fucking people are not able to walk into a gun shop in Lorton, Virginia and buy a shotgun. All I want to see happen here is that the guy selling guns in Lorton can have a thriving, decent business that is based on allowing him to, without penalty, deny the crazy fucking ex-Navy guy from buying a gun because he has lost his right to buy guns by being fucking crazy and shooting at things and breaking the law and hearing voices.
Why is that so hard to understand?